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Period

(George Miles Cycle #5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  647 ratings  ·  39 reviews
The stunning conclusion to Dennis Cooper's five-book cycle, Period earned its author the accolade "a disquieting genius" by Vanity Fair and praise for his "elegant prose and literary lawlessness" by The New York Times. The culmination of Cooper's explorations into sex and death, youth culture, and the search for the ineffable object of desire, Period is a breathtaking, mes ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 2nd 2001 by Grove Press (first published March 1st 2000)
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Nate D
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: representations trapped in the minds of others
Recommended to Nate D by: a bloody field, a grainy jpeg, a tour van in fog
Five stars for the book, five stars for the 5-part cycle it closes.

Writing in another thread, I just realized that The George Miles Cycle, may very well be a definitive work on the cultural experience of the end of the 20th century. Taken as a whole, little else in recent memory is able to so fearlessly and complexly process its times -- media saturation, desire, alienation. Mirrored across so many formats, experience is reduced and repackaged as image and representation, divorced from context a
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Daniel
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dennis Cooper is a fucking genius. Shooting yourself in the head midway through anal sex never sounded so divine. A total puzzle of a novel, and I’ll never fully solve it - but who fucking cares? Pure bliss.
Jonathan Norton
Jun 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Bill & Ted's Serial-Killing Adventure, a blandly-written attempt at meaningless shock, gesturing toward banal ideas. To contrive some interest in the zero-dimensional characters and cliched, slack writing the author attempts a number of half-baked tricks with mirror-worlds of reality/fiction and reversed names, stories-within-the-story, blurring mythology and factuality, the loss of identity in the anonymously virtual world of the internet (a new-ish thing, when this was published)... all to zer ...more
Brian O'Connell
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
And just like that, the George Miles Cycle collapses in on itself, leaving nothing behind but ghosts. Period is a beautiful, moving, haunting close to the sequence of novels that preceded it, an exceedingly mysterious and enigmatic text that Cooper has referred to as “a disappearing act”. While Period contains the superficial indicators of Cooper’s (apathetic and lovelorn teenage boys, gay sex, murder, death wishes, metal music, etc.), the content has by this point been so exhausted by the other ...more
astrid
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
i haven’t read guide yet but this feels like a scattered, overbearingly postmodern dry run for the sluts ...
Eoghan Keegan
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
What.
Kira
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well, I read this really fast, and never read the other (4?) books before it in the series. I'd say it would make more sense if I hadn't read it that way, but I doubt it. It made enough sense for me anyway. This book gave me one of the closest approximations to the feeling of semi-dreaming right before you wake up. When you're not asleep and dreaming anymore, but you're not in touch with your surroundings, either. Minus the killings, granted. Definitely minus the obsession with some connection b ...more
Erin
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I am uncomfortable with the fact that I read this and other Dennis Cooper in high school. Reading it now, I might be able to intellectually engage with the text on a level I couldn't at the time, but I really don't want to. The stuff he deals with is just scary (more so in other books than Period), no matter his "disquieting genius" of a literary style. Goodreads describes Period as an exploration into youth culture, and as a youth reading it, I used it as a way to explore the darker limits of w ...more
Zweegas
Oct 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I was at a wedding yesterday and had this book underneath my seat when one of the other guests who I just met for the first time was making small talk and asked me what book it was. I was like, "Oh it's just something to read on the train and the bus, etc. The author is Dennis Cooper," but then she asked what it was about and I said, "Oh did I say Dennis Cooper? I meant to say it's, um, The DaVinci Code." I don't know what this book is "about". What was I going to say? "Well there's some murders ...more
ivan
he the only immersive writer of all time, cause my real and unreal is blurring and blending😭
"i was programmed to kill them" rating these books is like crying in the exhibition then reviewing the press release
jtabz
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: plainoldfiction
Darkly hypnotic mythmaking for the postmodern age. Think A Clockwork Orange with an aching absence in the center where the moral used to be.
David Corvine
Too complicated and multi-layered to give any judgement on a first reading.
meow Zane
Will definitely read again very soon. An outlier of form for the George Miles cycle: the previous four books have a brevity to its syntax mixed with the unsureness of a teenager, but those read as “MTV speak” (as Cooper puts it in a Bookworm interview) for Radical Frankness,, whereas Here those aspects are pushed to weird liminal spaces that guarantee permanent ambiguity and Cooper’s influence by French experimental stuff. Constant denial of concrete identifiers, just unhinged desire and sacrifi ...more
kiki
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the Goodreads summary oversells the book but the writing style is so much fun that I'll definitely reread it for that reason.
Elaine Cary
Jun 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Can I give this one negative stars? Not saying there isn't an audience for this book, but it was not for me.
Forest Juziuk
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Wild one. Almost lost me in the middle but stuck with it. Recommended.
Spencer Distraction
May 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Several years ago I was given the opportunity to review this novel in the short-lived return ov Permission magazine. However, I had to decline the offer after reading this, the 5th & supposedly last novel in Cooper's whats-his-name cycle. For several years I was in love with Cooper's novels, but something about this one just ignited some spark in me that made the whole tapestry begin to unravel. I went back & reread the works of Cooper's that I had loved as a lost, drug-addicted, goth-damaged te ...more
Eve Marie
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-re-read
PERIOD is perhaps like the doomed boys in Cooper's novels. Its significance becomes more startlingly apparent at its end. If you've never read Dennis Cooper, then I wouldn't suggest beginning with PERIOD. The culmination of Cooper's five-book series, 'The George Miles Cycle,' PERIOD is a difficult text -- difficult to read, to understand, and to put down when you realize it's already over. My introduction to it was gentle; I'd been eased in by books one through four, as well as a couple of Coope ...more
Megan
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
by far my favorite of the george miles books. the book is a near palindrome. or a mirror of itself. which, given the importance of mirrors here, is probably a better way to think of its structure.
i think the funniest cooper has been for me. so much black black and clever/stupid meta humor.

"Long story short, Period is about a mysterious house, set in some sketchily rural locale. It's the work of an artist, "Bob," coincidentally. He's obsessed with a younger guy, "George," who'd killed himself ye
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Gary Lee
Jun 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gayish-lit
5/5 of Cooper's 'George Miles cycle' -- not the best of the set (Guide), and not the worst (Try), but certainly the most frantic and experimental of them.


I found the mirror-like structure of the narrative to be interesting, but given the brevity of the novel itself (just over 100 pages, most of which are full of one-line dialogue exchanges) Cooper doesn't spend too much time developing the motif.
The Walker-Crane-as-Dennis-Cooper possibility was interesting as well, but fell into the same trap. C
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Dave
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I feel like one of Cooper’s characters when I try to describe his work. Underneath the drugginess and unconscious aggression and vague sex, the real subjects are the ineffable experience and the desire/failure to express it. I came around on this one, and only enjoyed it on a recent 2nd/3rd reading. The form seems so unnatural and difficult, and the destroyed abstract teenagers seem so repetitive. Now I’ve resigned to read it the way I would examine a sculpture that is carved as a monument, a th ...more
Brandon
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this book was that it was over quickly. The characters were superficial, disgusting, morbid, unbelievable and lacked any depth. The "mirror" of the narration, or should it be written "rorrim" [sic]? was not as clever as at first glance.

The one, positive thing that might be taken away from reading this work is the use of literary structure. It was an interesting project in unconventional narration. Too bad it was less a literary experiment and more a psychedelic tale of torri
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kim
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't think I could have properly appreciated this book without first reading what Mr. Cooper's intentions were with the entire series. Unfortunately I got them all mixed up. I've read closer, which I loved and now Period, which is the last of the series. Meaningful and senseless, sort of like the death of George Miles. Amusing in its irony. A bunch of kids asking Satan to intercede in the matters of the heart. There is one common thread of fear that exists in every character and it centers ar ...more
Thomas Hale
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last George Miles Cycle book, the shortest, and the most detached. It's sad and wistful, and all the gore and grime built up over the last four books is thrown into harsh perspective: insignificant, naive, a facsimile of real power or real happiness. I couldn't immerse myself in this like I could Cooper's previous works, but I think that's kind of the point. He's spent four novels and ten years acclimatising his audience to a particular flavour of grotesque, drug-fuelled psychosexual depravi ...more
Jodie
Sep 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Definitely not for everyone (ie. probably not suitable for anyone I'm related to). I found this book to be very dark and violent. I'm not quite sure how to explain it. A world of Goth music, satanism, sex, drugs, and passion that all lead to murder. It's a strange book, and I found the story unnerving...but I did like it a lot. The style kind of reminds me a bit of William Burroughs.....
Alyssa Nolan
May 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Reading this is a total mind-f*** from beginning to end, trying to keep straight what's reality and what's fiction, who exists and who doesn't, and is the book's reality indeed fiction or a form of reality itself? Cooper has mastered language as much as he's mastered character and emotion, which enables him to use outwardly simplistic prose to write one of the most psychologically and technically complex stories I've ever read.
Kat
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
It's hard to give the rating "I liked this book". It was difficult to continue reading about these characters, especially since the writing style puts you inside their heads, but because the writing style did work this way it was impossible not to continue reading. I kept feeling like I needed to figure out what they were "really" doing as reality got confusing, who was who, who was speaking, were they fantasizing? Etcetera. The structure was fascinating but I was so happy when it was over.
Chris
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Though I enjoyed the fact that it is horrifying, disturbing, and surreal in a way that some other people might not. I feel like this book is an exercise in revolving ideas. Drugged-out metal kids, satanic rituals, frightening sexual rituals, and unrequited love move around and around in cycles that use multiple levels of reality and characters switching selves in a way that I have not seen get so complicated very often.
Softgender
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Literary Masohists
A stunning elegy for the author's muse, friend and lover. Incredibly touching, and well writen story in which characters are intertwined and reversed to once again replay the story of actual George Miles. At moments, the novel feels almost too personal to read, especially knowing the conext in which it was written. Also, for the first time I see why Cooper is always compared to Burroughs.
Michelle
They only have this book at my local library so I felt a little disconnected from the story so I can't say that it was an amazing story when there is no context to the characters. By itself though I do have to say that it is nothing like I have ever read, and I cannot say that that is a bad thing.
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Dennis Cooper was born on January 10, 1953 and grew up in the Southern California cities of Covina and Arcadia. In 1976, he founded Little Caesar Magazine and Press, which he ran until 1982. In 1985, he moved to Amsterdam for two and a half years, where he began his ten year long project, The George Miles Cycle, an interconnected sequence of five novels that includes Closer, Frisk, Try, Guide, and ...more

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